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Vandy's Pippen Jr. declares for draft

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr. has declared for the NBA draft without signing with an agent to keep his options open.

Pippen announced his intentions Saturday morning with a social media post. He said he was blessed to come to Vanderbilt.

"We all have dreams and I am ready to pursue mine," Pippen said.

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Gophers' Kalscheur transfers to Iowa St.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota guard Gabe Kalscheur announced Saturday he's transferring to Iowa State for his senior season, the first of several expected departures from the Gophers following their coaching change.

Kalscheur said on Twitter he was excited about "the next chapter and fresh start" for his college career with the Cyclones.

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Texas Tech junior G Edwards to transfer

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech junior guard Kyler Edwards has decided to transfer, new head coach Mark Adams said Saturday.

Edwards had initially put his name in the transfer portal at the end of the season to explore his options.

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Cincinnati fires Brannen after probe

CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati has fired men's basketball coach John Brannen following an investigation into reports of a rift with Bearcats players.

The school fired Brannen on Friday, six days after he was put on paid leave after six Cincinnati players decided to transfer last month. Tim Morris will serve as interim coach until a replacement is hired.

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Gonzaga G Ayayi declares for NBA draft

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga guard Joel Ayayi declared for the NBA draft Friday and will skip his senior season.

The school said Ayayi will hire an agent and pursue a professional career.

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Gamecocks extend Martin through 2024-25

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin has received a two-year contract extension through the 2024-25 season.

The school's board of trustees approved the deal on Friday.

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UCLA gives Cronin 2-year extension

LOS ANGELES (AP) Mick Cronin has been rewarded for UCLA's surprising run to the Final Four with a two-year contract extension.

Athletic director Martin Jarmond announced Thursday that the deal worth a guaranteed $4 million per year runs through the 2026-27 season.

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Ex-Georgia G Fagan heading to Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Former Georgia guard Tye Fagan is transferring to Mississippi.

The Rebels announced Friday that Fagan was joining the team after three seasons at Georgia. The 6-foot-3 guard was a starter last season, averaging 9.2 points per game and shooting a team-high 58.7% from the field.

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Minnesota coach Johnson adds 2 to staff

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) New Minnesota men's basketball coach Ben Johnson has hired his first two assistants, both with ties to the state - including his former high school coach, Dave Thorson.

The university announced Friday that Thorson and Jason Kemp have been added to Johnson's staff. Johnson was hired last month to replace Richard Pitino.

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Texas Tech's Shannon declares for draft

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech sophomore Terrence Shannon Jr. declared for the NBA draft Thursday without hiring an agent, making him eligible to return to the Red Raiders.

Shannon technically has three seasons of eligibility remaining because his freshman year in 2019-20 didn't count against players after the pandemic canceled the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments.

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